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Exhibit: Edward Durell Stone and the Building of the Uptown Campus, 1961-1971

- September 06, 2006

The exhibit Edward Durell Stone and the Building of the Uptown Campus, 1961-1971 is on display near the entrance of the University Library. It includes items drawn from the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives' University Archives and book collections about the Edward Durell Stone designed Uptown Campus of the University at Albany, SUNY. The physical exhibit will be on display in the University Library through December 2006 and an expanded version will be unveiled in January 2007 in the Science Library. For questions regarding the exhibit, contact Geoffrey Williams at 437-3935 or gwilliams@uamail.albany.edu.

Who is...? Part I

- August 31, 2006

Both people who just happen to be passing by and researchers who have used the Department's collections many times often ask "Just who is this M.E. Grenander?" and "What connection does Marcia Brown have to the University at Albany?" Now you know. The Department of Special Collections and Archives holds the collections of both women and information in addition to what is on each of the above webpages is available. You only need to ask.

Redesigned Website

- August 29, 2006

The Department of Special Collections and Archives' website has undergone a gradual redesign in recent months. A few things you may have noticed: >>Individual pages have been redesigned in an effort to make them easier to navigate by adding menus. >>The finding aids were given a new Department logo graphic. >>The Department's second level pages (everything other than finding aids, exhibits, and the Department's index page) also have a new logo featuring images from our collections. The Department's website will continue to change and we welcome your input and suggestions.

New online collections from the New York State Archives, Library, and Museum

- August 29, 2006

A great new online resource for anyone interested in New York history is The Digital Collections website. According to the website: "The Digital Collections provide a gateway to a variety of rich primary source materials held by the State Archives, State Library, and State Museum. Through the collection, you can access photographs, textual materials, artifacts, government documents, manuscripts, and other materials." The collections available online will be of interest to researchers of environmental, labor, Native American, World War I, and many other subject areas. The collections include Conservation Department Records, Environmental History Collection, Factory Investigating Committee, Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Native American Collection, Harlem Hellfighters Collection, New York Chamber of Commerce Portraits, and New York Lantern Slides Collection.

Exhibit: The Secret Lives of Toys and Their Friends

- August 25, 2006

The exhibit The Secret Lives of Toys and Their Friends is on display in the lobby of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives on the third floor of the Science Library at the University at Albany. A small number of items and information from the exhibit are made available online at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/secretlives/ as an introduction to the physical exhibit. This exhibit contains items drawn from The Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Children’s Literature Collection and is on exhibit through early October 2006. This exhibit features a small sampling of the many stories written for children from either a toy’s point of view or about adventures based on the lives of living toys or objects. The over fifty items in the physical exhibit, including the small number displayed in the online exhibit, are a fraction of what the Mathes Collection contains on the subject of animated objects and/or toys....

Evening Hours to Resume

- August 21, 2006

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will resume evening hours with the beginning of the Fall Semester on Tuesday, September 5, 2006. The Department's regular hours during the Fall Semester will be: Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Exceptions: Monday, September 4th: Closed Wednesday, November 22nd: Closed at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 23rd: Closed

Department Awarded Grant

- August 14, 2006

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives is one of nine institutions in New York State to receive a grant from the New York State Archives' Documentary Heritage Program for 2006-2007. The award of over $12,000 will be used to arrange and describe records related to environmental affairs including the collections of New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides and Lou Ismay. Louis Ismay was a member of the Department of Fine Arts at the State University of New York at Albany (as the University at Albany, SUNY was then known). However, this collection documents his work with the Environmental Studies Program in general and the Environmental Forum class in particular. The collection also documents organizations such as the Protect Your Environment Club. New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NYCAP) was formed as a non-profit citizens' organization committed to reducing hazardous chemical pesticide use through education and...

New Labor History Resources Available Online

- August 10, 2006

Over 1,000 publications and 4,000 photographs from the records of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), United University Professions, and IUE-CWA (International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers) Local 301 were recently made available online. The digitization of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) newsletters was begun with the support of CSEA with issues of The Civil Service Leader from the years 1946-1947 and 1950-1953 currently available in PDF format through the finding aid for the collection, which is available at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/findaids/apap015.htm. The digitization of the CSEA’s newsletters is an ongoing project and eventually issues from 1944-1989 of The Civil Service Leader and its successor The Public Sector will be available online. Also, over 700 images documenting labor from the early 20th century to the present from the records of CSEA are also available online. A link to the CSEA images in the University at Albany Libraries’...

German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection Program on October 126

- August 09, 2006

The program "University in Exile: Refugee Scholars, the New School for Social Research, and the German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection" sponsored by the University Libraries, Center for Jewish Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences will be presented on Thursday, October 12, 2006, in the Standish Room of the Science Library. The program will include: Dr. Claus-Dieter Krohn's discussion of this unique period of immigration; Dr. Johannes Evelein's discussion of the role of émigré writers in American intellectual history; and Dr. John M. Spalek's discussion of the founding and growth of the German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection at the University at Albany Libraries. Additional information about the program is available at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/EmigreProgram_flyer2.pdf. The German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives presently consists of more than 1,500 cubic feet of personal papers, organizational records, political pamphlets, tape recordings, photographs,...

Exhibit: The Sciences at the University at Albany, 1845-2006

- August 09, 2006

The Sciences at the University at Albany, 1845-2006 is currently on exhibit in the lobby of the Science Library. The exhibit contains items from the University Archives as well as contributions from current faculty members. A small number of items and information from the exhibit are made available online at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/sciences/ as an introduction to the physical exhibit. The exhibit examines the growth of and changes in science education and research at the University at Albany over its long history through publications, photographs, class notes, memorabilia, and other records documenting University students, faculty, departments, and research centers.